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Religion - Melkite Catholic

Religion at a glance: Melkite Catholic

  • In 2011 there were 1,747 people in New South Wales who had a religion of Melkite Catholic.
  • There was a 19.2% increase in the number of people who had a religion of Melkite Catholic since 2006 (from 1,465).
  • 2.6% of the population who had a religion of Melkite Catholic arrived between 2006 and August 2011.
  • There were more men who had a religion of Melkite Catholic (884) than women (868).
  • 28.4% of the population who had a religion of Melkite Catholic were children (under 19 years of age), 32.9% were young adults (aged 20 to 44 years), and 39.0% were older adults (aged 45 years and over).

About religion: Melkite Catholic

In the 1820s, Samoan deck-hands began to be recruited on whalers and trading vessels. From the mid 19th century, some children of marriages between Europeans and Samoans were sent to Sydney for their education. From 1901, Samoans were excluded from permanent residence until the end of the White Australia policy in the 1960s.

The number of people with Samoan ancestry who settled in Australia remained small until the mid 1970s.

Over recent decades, close to 30,000 people of Samoan descent have migrated to Australia from New Zealand, Samoa, and other countries. Samoans are the largest Pacific-Islander community in Australia.

Source: Excerpts from Jupp, J. (Ed.) the Australian People. (2001) Cambridge University Press.


Religion - Top 10 NSW LGAs ranked by size
Religion - Melkite Catholic20112006Change
AreaNumberMelkite Catholic %NumberMelkite Catholic %2006 to 2011
Bankstown City3340.22800.2+54
Holroyd City1780.21210.1+57
Canterbury City1930.11880.1+5
Strathfield Council420.1410.1+1
Liverpool City1920.11660.1+26
Burwood Council300.1310.1-1
Parramatta City1240.1820.1+42
Fairfield City1340.1650.0+69
Blacktown City1470.01690.1-22
Rockdale City440.0410.0+3
Greater Sydney1,7230.01,4890.0+234
Regional NSW210.040.0+17
New South Wales1,7470.01,4650.0+282

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.